Seven Days at Minimum Wage
While I'm not particularly a celebrity hound, I admit to one guilty pleasure: the blog Ecorazzi, which closely follows the goings-on of celebrities as they use their status, fame and fortune for good, instead of evil. The usual suspects are often there -- Angelina Jolie and her philanthropy, George Clooney and his green causes, but here's an article about a person I haven't heard from in ages: Roseanne Barr.
Turns out that Roseanne Barr is going to be the host for a new video blog, Seven Days at Minimum Wage, set to "air" on October 23rd. According to the show's press release:
7 Days @ Minimum Wage is like YouTubeâ€™s Lonely Girl 15 meets T.V.â€™s â€œ30 Daysâ€ for the minimum wage movement. The video blog features new interviews every day for seven days with low wage workers, who share their stories of what life is like on the federal minimum wage of $5.15 an hour.
The vlog is apparently part of campaign to get minimum wage increases passed in six states: Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, and Ohio, where the wage currently stands at $5.15 an hour -- where, shockingly, it's been for the past 10 years.
While I'm not a Roseanne Barr fan, and never have been, I have to give her props to signing on to do this worthwhile project. As I read this, I couldn't help thinking about Shuna Fish Lydon's emotional and inspiring comments at the opening session of BlogHer '06, describing her feelings about May 1st Day Without An Immigrant -- because, let's face it, many of the people to whom Shuna referred, members of "America's newest sub-class," are minimum wage-earners. Shuna's words were a wonderful example about how using her voice through her blog helps to change and challenge the world, and I can't help but think that this new vlog (which is also "encouraging bloggers to post their own reactions, comments, and videos of minimum wage stories in their hometown") is a natural evolution of the cause for which she's so passionate.
This should be amazingly enlightening, and for once, it's reality entertainment designed to cause some social change -- change for good. I'm planning on "tuning in" October 23rd.